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17 July 2012

Apple Reverses Decision to Approve Clueful for App Store

Bitdefender’s Clueful, the ground-breaking app considered by tech media as a safeguard to iPhone owners’privacy, has been removed from Apple’s App Store.

 Apple informed Bitdefender’s product development team of the removal - for reasons we are studying - after it was approved under the same rules. iPhone owners who already use Clueful privacy may continue to do so.

Clueful was created under the belief that iPhone owners should be able to learn which apps may be behaving unscrupulously with their personal data. The Clueful team reaffirms its commitment to continued development of Clueful and will resubmit to Apple.

During Clueful’s analysis of more than 60,000 popular iOS apps, our team found that:

-        42.5 percent do not encrypt users’personal data, even when sending it over public Wi-Fi

-        41.4 percent can track a user’s location

-        Almost one in five of the apps analyzed can access your entire Address Book; some even send your information to the cloud without even encrypting it

“While most app developers use this information for legitimate purposes, others might not,”said Bitdefender Chief Security Researcher Catalin Cosoi. “Clueful was the best way for iPhone owners to know the difference. While Clueful remains off the App Store, we are working hard toward understanding why our app was removed and to develop the app to improve its chances of staying there.”